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If you're looking to buy a home with an affordable home loan, there are a lot of options available to you. One more well-known option is to get a loan through the Federal Housing Administration, called an FHA loan. We have a blog that dives deep into the pros and cons of FHA loans here.

Want to know how an FHA loan compares to a loan from TCHFH Lending, Inc. (Twin Cities Habitat's wholly-owned mortgage company)? Check out this handy guide to compare these products to determine what's best for you.

Guest blog written by Laurie, Holy Hammers and Women Build volunteer

About Laurie

I have lived in the Twin Cities all my life.  I'm a facilitator, most recently in educating adults about diversity and inclusion, which fits perfectly with Habitat for Humanity's mission of providing homes for families regardless of who they are or what they believe.

Are you interested in buying your first home, but can’t afford a down payment? While traditional mortgages generally require a down payment, there are other options to help you get that dream home. You may qualify for the Twin Cities Habitat Homeownership Program! The program provides education to help buyers prepare for homeownership as well as affordable loan options through TCHFH Lending, Inc. 

We recently held a Stories of Home Contest where we asked Twin Cities Habitat homeowners and kids to share a story answering the question: "What does your home mean to you?" Here's one of the winning stories from the youth contest in their own voice. Story and photos shared with their permission.

Written by Moses O., who's lived in his parents' Habitat home since 2017 (Moses' dad also wrote a story for the contest—read it here).

For a long time, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity has been known for building homes in an effort to provide stable housing for local families.

However, Twin Cities Habitat Homeownership Program participants aren’t limited to buying just Habitat-built homes. In fact, we offer two routes to stable, affordable homeownership — Habitat-built or rehabbed homes or using a Habitat mortgage* to find a home on the open real estate market. And by offering an affordable mortgage product* for open market purchases, we can partner with real estate agents to serve a larger population of first-time homebuyers.

Guest blog by Adrienne Aarts, Leadership Giving Officer

From June 17-20, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity's Builder’s Circle came out to St. Paul for our annual Builder’s Circle Build to see first-hand the direct impact of their generosity. Our Builder’s Circle members are individuals or families who donate $1,000 or more annually, already leading the way in philanthropy, and this week they got to take a hands-on approach to giving by volunteering on site.

Guest Blog by Laura Oyen
Grants & Compliance Assistant at Twin Cities Habitat

Many of us take different journeys to arrive at Habitat. Prior to my working at Habitat I was a Contract Analyst in the Group Contracts department of Securian Financial. Insurance might not be the most exciting of industries to work in, but there are several similarities between building homes and life insurance.

Guest blog written by Shelby Vraspier
Twin Cities Habitat Engagement Associate

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is extremely lucky to have our Women Builders on site during the summer swinging hammers and building homes. Last summer, around 1,000 women build volunteers worked together to make a difference as change makers in the community.

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